11 July 2018

Moda Blockhead: Round 2 {Block 6}

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Today's block (no. 6) is "Path Thru the Woods" by Betsy Chutchian. Get the instructions on her blog here.
I went super simple with mine, fabric is the text print from Farmer's Daughter with a Nest background. I'm wanting mine to read near-solid without actually being such. Because I'm using so many colors, I want it to feel as clean in contrast as possible. Just my preference. 
If you're just getting started, check out my original post here for Basic Instructions and an archive of blocks released thusfar. 

04 July 2018

Moda Blockheads: Round 2 {Block 5}

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If you're new here, welcome! I'm Vanessa Goertzen, the designer behind Lella Boutique fabrics for Moda and newbie to the Moda Blockheads design team. I'm sharing Block no. 5 today and it's a big one (24'' x 24'' finished). Meet Block no. 5 "Impact."
Impact finished block
This is what happens when flying geese crash. Boom! Instructions for the block are found here. You can see a couple different color placement options for mine, but of course there are many more. I can't wait to see how ya'll interpret this block. My fabric is Garden Variety--my newest collection shipping in October.
When I first designed this Impact block, I liked the idea of making more blocks and putting them into a full quilt. Which you could totally do as is. But I started playing around, making a few alterations the block, and eventually came up with the "Bling" quilt below in Nest fabric.  With fewer flying geese, the Bling block is slightly smaller (20'' x 20'' finished) and features an accent square in the center. The full quilt is 80'' x 80'' and can be made using 24 fat eighths. PDF pattern is available here.
Bling NEST
I'm dying to find a spare moment to piece Bling. (If you have any ideas on how to add more hours in the day, please share.) Thanks for stopping by--I hope you'll come say hi over on Instagram (@lellaboutique) where you can stay the most up-to-date on new fabric, patterns, giveaways, discounts, etc. Speaking of discounts--I'm offering 15% off in my shop for all you lovely new Blockheads using promo code BLOCKHEADS at checkout. 
For Moda Blockhead Basic Instructions + a list of all released blocks, visit my original post here

27 June 2018

Moda Blockheads: Round 2 {Block 4}

Another week, another block :) 
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Block no. 4 is Roman Cross by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic. Snag those instructions over on Brigitte's blog. I used prints from Garden Variety/Nest for my version.
To learn more about Moda Blockheads, check out my original post here. It has links to Basic Instructions and all the released blocks (at the very bottom of the post). 

20 June 2018

Moda Blockheads: Round 2 {Block 3}

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Block no. 3 is rolling out today! It's called "Pennsylvania" by Carrie Nelson and is easy as pie. Get instructions over on the Moda Cutting Table for this one. Mine uses a few prints from the Sugar Pie collection--I'm going for near-solid look for my 6'' finished blocks.
 And as always, if you're new to Moda Blockheads, head over to my introductory post here (including links to basic instructions and all blocks thus far)

13 June 2018

Moda Blockheads: Round 2 {Block 2}

Good morning! Block no. 2 was released today! "Buckeye Beauty" is designed by Me & My Sister Designs. Instructions for the block are available on their blog. I've used the main floral from my new Garden Variety group (available in October), with a tonal white background print from Nest (available in shops now).
Moda Blockheads no. 2
If you missed my original post about Moda Blockheads (Round 2), read about it here (I will also keep an archive of the blocks there).

12 June 2018

Garden Variety {Coordinating Bella Solids}

Garden Variety
For those of you wondering about coordinating solids, I've compiled a quick list of the best matches from the Moda Bella Solids:
  1. 9900 236 (Nautical Blue)
  2. 9900 34 (Aqua)
  3. 9900 74 (Green Apple)
  4. 9900 299 (Flamingo)
  5. 9900 147 (Coral)
  6. 9900 148 (Soft Yellow)
bella solids

06 June 2018

Intro to Moda Blockheads {Round 2}

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Yep, I'm a Blockhead. You know...a Moda Blockhead? You still don't know what I'm talking about? Okay, okay, here's a quick rundown of what you need to know:
1. Moda Blockheads is a free block-of-the-week program hosted by Moda and some of its designers. Last year was Round 1, hosted by the 6 original "Blockheads" (Lynne, Betsy, Jo, Jan, Lisa, and Carrie). Round 2 begins today with an expanded Moda designer pool of 13... I'm thrilled to be one of the newbies!
2. Sew along with us, and eventually you'll have a pretty special quilt sampler. It's a surprise layout, though though of course, you can do whatever you'd like!
3. Follow the Moda Blockhead Facebook page or subscribe to the Moda blog to get the weekly instructions as they are released.. I will also be posting each week with the links to follow. Additionally, I've added a nice little archive--basic instructions and links to all released blocks at the bottom of this post
I'm using a happy little rainbow for my quilt--scraps of several of my past and current collections: Garden Variety, Nest, Farmer's Daughter, Sugar Pie, Olive's Flower Market, and Little Miss Sunshine too. It's going to be terrific. If you're buying fabric for this project, I'd start out with a fat quarter bundle, 5 yards of a background, and go from there. Because there are so many blocks, so many liberties you can take, it's hard to give an exact amount, but that's a good starting place.
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Block #1 is Stellar Star by Lynne... (go to Lynne's blog here for instructions). I've departed from suggested placement (which is half the fun).

24 May 2018

Garden Variety {The Projects}

It's in full bloom... meet Garden Variety--my newest collection for Moda Fabrics. It ships in October, but you can reserve a bundle now by talking to your local quilt shop. Ready to see the new projects?!
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Cottontail
Cottontail quilt
The first quilt is called "Cottontail"--a nickname my Grandpa had for me when I was small. Of course it features sweet rabbits and carrots all fenced in--and does not required any paper piecing or templates! It finishes at 84 1/2'' x 84 1/2'' and is made with a combination of fat quarters and fat eighths for the rabbit and carrot blocks. Also- Moda will be offering this as a boxed kit!
Cottontail quilt top

Cottontail quilt
Custom quilting by Natalia Bonner

(NOTE: A single bunny block version of this pattern is also available called #169 Little Cottontail and includes finishing instructions for a wall hanging or pillow... You may remember the post about it here.)
I originally mocked this quilt up with a darker background and love how it makes those pastel bunnies pop. (Fabric is Grunge in Grey Couture by BasicGrey for Moda.) Which version do you like best?
Cottontail grunge bg
Chandelier 2
I'm also releasing a sequel to what has been the most popular quilt from my book Charm School--18 Quilts from 5'' Squares (C&T Publishing). Chandelier 2 uses 1 Jelly Roll ( or 1 Layer Cake) and comes together quickly--just like its sister design. 
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Long-arm quilting by JC Quilting (Juri Strong & Ciera Strong)

Chandelier 2
Pretty Please
One of my favorite things about this Garden Variety fabric collection is the green. It is THE PRETTIEST green. (I got confirmation of this when I discovered it matches Joanna Gaines' colander at Target.) Of course I had to highlight it in one of the quilts as background! Check out the skinny stripe in green as background to "Pretty Please"--made with 1 charm pack and a few accent bits of yardage.
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Long-arm quilting by JC Quilting (Juri Strong & Ciera Strong)

Pretty Please is a charm pack pattern with instructions for 2 size options. Make it a 60'' x 60'' quilt from 1 charm pack--or go big at 84'' x 84'' with 2 charm packs.  
Pretty Please quilt
Holland
Holland quilt 
Finally, no garden is complete without flowers. "Holland" is my take on a two-tone tulip using beginner curved piecing technique. There are two versions of the quilt: multicolor made with fat quarters, or a simplified version using yardage. This would make a really great class on beginner curved piecing. (Templates included.)
Holland
For both of these quilts, I use BasicGrey's Grunge for the background. For the simplified version, I used "Grey Couture"; for the multicolor version, I used "Picnic."
Holland
For the rest of May, get 25% off all patterns in my shop using the promo code GARDENVARIETY25 at checkout. Also, orders over $25 will include a mini charm pack.
Garden Variety mini charms